STAR WARS: EPISODE VII News: Reworked Script Has Original Trilogy Stars in the Leads; Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving Eyed for Roles

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Star Wars fans may want to sit down for this one.  While J.J. Abrams has now been onboard to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for nearly a year, solid news with regards to the pic has been very, very hard to come by.  As the film’s production start date looms closer, we all knew this was about to change, and last night we learned that Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons is being eyed for a role in the pic. Now THR has dumped a huge quantity of info about the follow-up, including word that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all being eyed for roles.  More interestingly, though, the script for Episode VII has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt was pushed off the project, and the lead characters for Episode VII may now be the original trilogy stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.

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star-wars-episode-7-harrison-ford-carrie-fisherFirst thing’s first: according to THR, the script for Star Wars: Episode VII has been significantly reworked since Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over screenwriting duties last fall.  The official reason given for the screenwriter change was that the Episode VII crew was facing an impending deadline with the film’s December 2015 release date, but THR says the actual reason for the shift was a difference in opinion over which characters to emphasize.

Arndt apparently felt that the main characters of Star Wars: Episode VII should be the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Han Solo (Ford), and Princess Leia (Fisher), with the original Star Wars actors taking supporting roles in the story.  Abrams felt differently, as he was eager to focus Episode VII on Luke, Han, and Leia “so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off.”  George Lucas was also involved in the debate (Arndt wrote the treatment for Lucas before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney), but he deferred to Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, and with Arndt now completely off the project, the lead characters of Episode VII will indeed be Luke, Han, and Leia while their offspring will take on supporting roles.  The plan now is to have the younger characters take over as the leads in Episode VIII and Episode IX.

This is a significant shift from the previous iteration of the project, and some characters from Arndt’s draft no longer appear in Episode VII while new ones are being created.  For example, Abrams was eyeing Tye Sheridan (Mud) for a role last year, but the actor is no longer being considered because such a young actor is no longer needed.  Additionally, many of the actors that were rumored or auditioned last year have now been nixed, so there’s no telling whether Michael B. Jordan, Alex Pettyfer, or Jack O’Connell remain viable candidates.

michael-fassbender-star-wars-7So who is in the mix for Episode VII?  THR confirms that Jesse Plemons is on a list of actors that will be speaking with Abrams this week, but he is joined on that list by a number of other names.  The report notes that Michael Fassbender met with Abrams about a role in December, and Girls star Adam Driver is also being eyed for a role.  Additionally, The Matrix star Hugo Weaving met with Abrams to discuss playing an Imperial commander, and producers are also searching for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black to play either the daughter or granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Personally, I’d rather see a story that focused more on new characters and less on the aging Luke, Han, and Leia, but at the end of the day this is Abrams’ film and if he doesn’t feel comfortable with the story, then the end result will be compromised.  Here’s hoping he and Kasdan have found an organic way to have the original characters lead Episode VII.

This is definitely a lot of information to take in at one time, and it’s important to keep in mind that plenty can change between now and when filming begins—just look how much change the project went through over the past few months.  However, filming does have to begin by this summer, so expect to hear plenty more about the project in the coming weeks.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in 3D on December 18, 2015.

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  • Tommy

    “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

    True fans know who I’m quoting.

    • Kevin Carter

      Star Trek fans know what you are quoting…..

      • edshrinker

        No. We don’t. Know more TOS fans that love the JJ iteration than don’t. I am one of them. Let go of the hate. It leads to the dark doucheyness of the force.

      • Kevin Carter

        Er….Ok….

      • edshrinker

        C’mon Kev. In fairness, I grew up on TOS 70′s repeats. And while I do get it some hate JJ’s work – I don’t think he could have won no matter what he did. And I mean, action space movie/deep philosophy/big budget tentpole/… you see what I am saying. Many of us old farts liked what he did and were thrilled that cast pulled off a believable version of our younger heroes. Yeah, some hated it. Abrams was a Star Wars guy from day one. I really think he “Has This”.

      • Kevin Carter

        Hold on…I agree. I am one of the old farts form the 70′s and loved both TOS and was blown away by the “new” Trek movies. I am glad to see JJ do this and I hope he does for SW what he did for ST.
        My original comment was just joking that even the “Trek” fans know THAT quote. :)

      • edshrinker

        So sorry Kev. The typed word is deceiving. I guess I am so used to defending JJ’s Trek I automatically assume folks are ripping it. My favorite especially “it ripped off “WoK”, when outside of 4 minutes and a REVERSED death scene – nothing even came close to resembling that movie. Frell – even Khan was totally new. Anyway – my apologies, dude.

      • Guy Smiley

        Those few minutes were more then enough to prove Abrams (who admits to not being a fan of, nor really “getting,” Trek) have no original ideas for that franchise. Coupled with “magic blood” and ridiculous new transporters that pretty eliminate the need for starships/Starfleet, he (and those clowns who call themselves “writers”) has ruined Trek for a lot of us.

        Clearly, not everyone feels that way… If you enjoy it, that’s great! But there’s plenty of room for everyone’s opinion, and plenty to be critical of (depending on your POV). Believe me, I would love to have new Trek that makes me happy. I don’t hate for hate’s sake. I mean, “New Khan”? Since Khan was born well before the timeline was changed, how does that happen? Abrams should’ve avoided “Khan” altogether.

        I could go on and on about stuff like bad characterization of the beloved characters, the gratuitous Carol Marcus scene, taking the ship underwater when they have transporters and shuttlecraft (what, no one saw them take the ship down in the first place?) or the lack of understanding of what “cold fusion” means, but I’ve ranted enough.

        I actually think Abrams might pull this Star WARS thing off. Unlike Trek, he’s an unabashed fan of SW. Having Kasden on board is a plus too. Bringing him in would’ve been like bringing Nick Meyer back to help write his Trek movies. In other words: A VERY GOOD IDEA.

      • edshrinker

        Unfortunately, even as a JJ Trek defender – I agree with nearly all your points. I blame a ton of it on the evil trifecta of Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof (THEY ARE unabashed Trek fans – no excuse), but JJ takes the blame for Khan. Maybe it’s the cast that has me so hooked on the new incarnation-they really make a young version of my heroes feel real. I like a ton of JJ’s other stuff too. But yeah – I get too defensive because I really enjoy NuTrek despite the lazy writing. How the hell do you write yourself out of immortality and being able to beam anywhere? My only thought is :Kirk will go a little psycho due to the transfusion and trans warp beaming can only be done a couple times before there are serious consequences to your body. We shall see.

      • edshrinker

        And it is my pleasure to meet you. A sensible man. :)

      • Kevin Carter

        You too. It’s all good. Keep fighting the good fight,

      • edshrinker

        Just to give you an idea – made the mistake of going to AICN…

        “FUCK YOU, COCK NOSE!!! You have confirmed everything that your detractors (including me) have said about you. You fucking weazel, how DARE you tell Lucas what the storyline of his creation should be. HIS, not your’s. You are nothing but a talentless interloper, and the most despicable hack in Hollywood history”

        My Response – You know – on 2nd thought you are right. From now on, things I loved (especially Fringe and Sleepy Hollow) I will now hate. The 2 Treks, Regarding Henry, The Mission Impossible movies, L O S T. Alias, Person of Interest, Almost Human and the afore mention productions. Toast. No more. Thank you so much

        I AM FIGHTING THE FIGHT!!!

      • Kevin Carter

        LOL…
        Almost Human is back on Monday…Yay…

      • edshrinker

        Wait – Kev, it was on this last Monday. Did you mean Sleepy Hollow?

      • Kevin Carter

        D’oh, I meant Being Human. I watch Almost Human too…

      • Biscuiteer

        That was obvious to me when I read it.

      • Thomas Robinson

        Wait, why is criticising the flaws of a film “douchy”? There’s plenty to criticise about Abhrams’ Treks, especially the last one. Ripping off previous films in the series, basterdising classic moments for cheap fan service and changing the core characteristics of the original series characters are all things worth criticising. How do you expect films of any kind to improve if we don’t point out their flaws? Criticism dosen’t come from hate it comes from love of art and the want for it to be the absolute best it can be. And the new Treks are far from being as good as they could be.

      • edshrinker

        Read above. I rest my case. And it was just an attempt at being goofy, Thomas. I find using “douchy” in explaining stubbornness quite funny (I am weird that way-blame it on Supernatural). And I knew the hate would come. Abrams hate is unreal and I don’t get it. But you are entitled to your view.

      • Guest

        And if you want to hate on the guy – you could at least learn to spell his name correctly.

      • edshrinker

        Guest? That was me Thomas (edshrinker). Didn’t want you to think I was hiding. :)

    • edshrinker

      Aaaaand…that took 3 minutes. Fine work. Good Dog Tommy. This is good news. Abrams and Kasden will get this right.

    • The Flobbit

      The only thing I have a bad feeling about is Abrams and his lackadaisical attitude and pacing. Michael Fassbender is a ferociously good actor, and Hugo Weaving is one of those guys that makes any movie better. In fact, other than Cumberbatch and Ronan, this is the first promising casting rumor I’ve seen.

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  • VicManMan

    Hugo Weaving as Thrawn.

    • Kevin Carter

      The fans choice it seems but I doubt we will be seeing Thrawn any time soon

      • edshrinker

        I KNOW you are right. But I LOVE the Zahn trilogy. They could do a TON worse. Oh, right, they have. Called the prequels.

      • Kevin Carter

        Me too. I just bought Zahn’s “Scoundrels”. Hope that is a good read.

      • edshrinker

        Aw Man! Give me a heads up on here or (Facebook-Eddy Hansen) on how it is if you do not mind! Been meaning to check for e-pubs of that.

      • Kevin Carter

        Will do. Why would you get a down vote for asking about an update on a book? Some people are muppets.

      • edshrinker

        One of the two douch… um, gentlemen who are personally wounded that I geeked out and posted here while at work last night..albeit, ALOT… took the time to go through and downvote every one of my posts. Whatever.

      • Matt1

        Get a room, you two!

      • Kevin Carter

        Jealous!!

      • 80sRobot

        You never know. Perhaps the stories and characters of the sequel trilogy will draw and remix elements from the EU. Like how Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy borrowed elements from classic and popular Batman comic storylines.

    • edshrinker

      Oooh. Nice. I guess we’ll know shortly if Zahn’s work makes it in to cannon

      • Grayden

        Zahn’s trilogy should have always been canon. Lucas was too proud and would never let anyone else add to his precious universe, though.

      • edshrinker

        That was my first foray into the EU and they had me SO engrossed – it was linke seeing a new trilogy. I was so hooked. The force blocking creatures (yslammi or whatever – too lazy to look) was such an amazing idea. All of it would be perfect for filming except for Thrawn being blue. I don’t see how that would look good on film as a scary smart villain. They could change that and I would have no complaint.

      • edshrinker

        That was my first foray into the EU and they had me SO engrossed – it was linke seeing a new trilogy. I was so hooked. The force blocking creatures (yslammi or whatever – too lazy to look) was such an amazing idea. All of it would be perfect for filming except for Thrawn being blue. I don’t see how that would look good on film as a scary smart villain. They could change that and I would have no complaint.

  • edshrinker

    Question foremost in my mind – who did Obi Wan shack up with on Tatooine? Mixed race grand kid? Was it a Jawa? I keed I keed!

    • Kevin Carter

      Ootini

    • MEY

      I think The Clone Wars series can give the answer.
      Duchess Satine from Mandalore. Some episodes suggest that they had a mysterious ‘relationship’ in the past.

      I like this idea.

      • edshrinker

        Very nice.

      • Lex Walker

        Duchess Satine? So Star Wars and Moulin Rouge had a crossover thanks to the Ewan McGregor connection?

      • MITIOR

        Correct, they selected the name as an homage to Ewan’s past work.

      • MITIOR

        Correct, they selected the name as an homage to Ewan’s past work.

    • WAldenIV

      That’s why I believe this rumors are false. Obi-Wan wouldn’t violate Jedi protocol like Anakin did, especially after seeing what happened to him.

      • edshrinker

        You are absolutely right. Speculation above believes it may have happened during the Clone Wars – before Anakin’s fall. Maybe a war-time moment of passion. I like the idea of using Satine as canon. That was an awesome catch by MEY.

      • MEY

        Obi-Wan wasn’t a saint.

        He had secrets as well: he had an affair with Jedi Siri Tachi.

        It is an official piece of information. (STAR WARS EPISODE III: Visual Dictionary, first published in 2005 by Dorling Kindersley Limited – http://www.dk.com)

        More info about her: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Siri_Tachi

      • MEY

        Obi-Wan wasn’t a saint.

        He had secrets as well: he had an affair with Jedi Siri Tachi.

        It is an official piece of information. (STAR WARS EPISODE III: Visual Dictionary, first published in 2005 by Dorling Kindersley Limited – http://www.dk.com)

        More info about her: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Siri_Tachi

  • Andy

    Huh? Obi-Wan’s (grand)daughter is black/mixed? How’s that happen?

    • edshrinker

      Hahaha. Jedi mind trick? Basically posted the same question a second ago.

    • Mike Bond

      That’s a serious question? Do you not know how people of mixed ethnic backgrounds are conceived?

    • Mike Bond

      That’s a serious question? Do you not know how people of mixed ethnic backgrounds are conceived?

      • Andy

        I’m mostly kidding.

      • Mike Bond

        Whew, that’s good…can never be too sure these days! lol

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    And more rumors reported as news. These are rumors. Treat them as such.

    • edshrinker

      Sean, you could be VERY right. But this sounded pretty damn definitive from a solid source. So – we shall see. ‘…these aren’t the rumors you’re looking for’

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        My frustration is that I went to The Hollywood Reporter article and that article uses the word RUMOR far more than this repost of their scoop.

      • edshrinker

        Oh crap – really? Thank you. That is piss poor, Collider.

  • edshrinker

    Here comes the Abrams hate. Let’s leave other projects out of this for a second. This is the RIGHT decision. All of us who grew up on OT would love to see our heroes lead one last time. Having an interesting transition to the next gen is a great idea. One last hurrah and then a nice organic way to care about the incoming characters. And Hugo Weaving as an Imperial Officer is freaking genius. Pelleon?

    • MEY

      Pellaeon. Gilad Pellaeon. :)

    • The Flobbit

      Are you in some sort of competition to plaster your comments all over this page? Because everywhere I look…YOU.

      • edshrinker

        Slow work night and interesting news if it’s not just rumor. And why am I explaining myself to you? There is plenty of bandwidth. You have all the room you want for your comments. Don’t look at mine if the bother you.

    • mattinacan

      oh wow, i almost passed out you are such a dork. stop posting on this page so much.

      • edshrinker

        #1 – Yes, I am a dork. #2 – you are a bigger one if you read all my comments. #3 – You are not the boss of me.
        This is the best (and MOST) news those of us who grew up with the OT in the 70′s-80′s could hope for. You see my name, skip the post. Problem solved. In addition, you both can lick my sweaty left nut.

      • Strong Enough

        he’s just reading your username posted all over the fucking page

      • edshrinker

        Sounds traumatic. How awful. Hope you all survive. I had a blast having conversations with fellow fans last night. I make no apologies. If there’s more SW news, I will be all over that too. I suggest just bypassing posts when you see my name.

      • Strong Enough

        hey it’s not me. i enjoying reading your username edshrinker

      • edshrinker

        Well you had plenty to read! :) Hey I admit it…I did totally geek. When you dropped “all over the FUCKING page” you sounded gnarled up about it as well. My apology.

      • Strong Enough

        sorry i like to cuss lol.

      • edshrinker

        Well Fuck yeah.

      • edshrinker

        Sounds traumatic. How awful. Hope you all survive. I had a blast having conversations with fellow fans last night. I make no apologies. If there’s more SW news, I will be all over that too. I suggest just bypassing posts when you see my name.

  • Alberto

    I’m tired of this shit. Get your shit together and release some official news already goddammit! This is just giving us a sign that it isn’t gonna be a good movie. Why make a new fucking SW movie when you have no fucking clue what to do with it? Oh yeah, that’s right, money.

    • edshrinker

      If I have a major criticism of Abrams, it’s that he is not fan-friendly. He is so anal about info getting leaked out. Some of the precautions he took when the Khan/Spock barge video was leaked – Good Lord. He has to turn to the Dark Side on this and just let us all bask in it while keeping specifics at bay. Include the fans in the process and excitement will only GROW.

      • The Flobbit

        I wish he was more like Peter Jackson – releasing trailers, clips, live-blogging, filming on set, making video diaries, talking with fans. In a film so big and monumental as this, fans want to know they’re good hands. So far…ha ha.

      • Guy Smiley

        Agreed… As much as I wish he hadn’t used Khan (and I was glad I won tickets to a preview of Into Darkness and didn’t pay money to see it), had he just been upfront about it all and not tried to keep it all secret (which included Simon Pegg and others LYING to the fans) it wouldn’t have been nearly as bad once the “big reveal” was made. That just made the movie even more of a groaner, IMO.

    • mbmarquis69

      “Why make a new fucking SW movie when you have no fucking clue what to do with it?”

      This is a counter-intuitive statement given the facts. A major script rework took place precisely because the creators had a “fucking clue” what they wanted to do with the new trilogy. Thus, they chose to have the story of the first movie focus on Luke, Leia, and Han instead of relegating them to supporting roles as originally intended. This implies someone most definitely has a “fucking clue” about where this story is going.

      Argue about whether this is a good idea, but don’t suggest that they are just sitting around spit balling when clearly there is a lot of furious rewriting and discussion going on behind the scenes.

      Focus your hate. It makes you stronger, and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!

  • rivertreeradar

    i think this is all good news except for one two the rumored actors. i especially like the idea that kenobi had a kid.

  • Stefan Bonomo

    I would be more iffy on this but they speciafically said “One last send-off film” so if Episode VII is the only one where Hamill, Fisher, and Ford are the leads, and the supporting characters become the leads in the next ones, then I’m cool with that.
    Now just to see how the rest of the fanbase responds to this, especially since they say Lucas had a say in this, and hey, people love to hate on Abrams.

    • edshrinker

      Favorite American pastimes: NFL, NBA, College sports, Baseball, NHL – and JJ Abrams Hate. Not necessarily in that order.

      • eternalozzie

        The general public like JJ …. it’s just the nerd ragers here that don’t.

      • edshrinker

        So right. Unfortunately haters are always the loudest.

      • Guy Smiley

        Hate for hate’s sake is unproductive, but having legitimate gripes over how a film was made/written, or problematic decisions made, is fair game for discussion.

        Unfortunately, on the interwebs, most “discussion” quickly turns into a pissing match of “SHUT UP, HATER!! vs. “F*CK YOU, FANBOY!!” and hilarity ensues.

      • edshrinker

        It really does go out the window, doesn’t it? As you said before – everyone deserves their loves and hates and all opinions valid. Uninformed opinions drive me nuts, however. The big talking point (rip off of WoK) is just plain wrong. It had a ton of flaws, but that wasn’t it. 4:23 minutes of dialogue and deathe scene (that was twisted up). THAT particular argument drives me nuts. But everyone is entitled to hate the movie. I didn’t. YOu are so right – I need to not get caught in the wash.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        Yeah exactly. I didn’t have a problem with what they did in Star Trek 2, except for that 1 scene, and I have faith that he’ll do what he thinks is best for not just episode VII, but the future Star Wars films too. Also people don’t acknowledge that Mr. Empire Strikes Back Lawrence Kasdan is also writing this.

  • anthonyg1500

    An entire universe of diverse characters, creatures and worlds with advance technology and unseen cultures. And the only people with stories worth telling are these three dudes…

  • The Exploiter

    As long as Han shoots first.

    • edshrinker

      New Lucas Expanded Edition has a Taliban sniper taking out Greedo.

      • Just.a.Dude

        ROFLMAO

      • Guy Smiley

        So glad Lucas is mostly out of the picture now!

    • eternalozzie

      he’s too old to shoot first now.

  • eternalozzie

    this is epic fail … old fans might like it but no one under the age of 100 is going to be able to relate to 65 y/o leads.

    • edshrinker

      That is a legit argument. A whole generation separates OT and the prequels. But I am very sure this plan will bring together the two, bringing kids and grandkids to see this new story. Yeah -old farts like me are pretty stoked to have the blast from the past. But I’ll have a chapped ass if any prequel fans would want to see anyone except Ewan McGregor in these new movies. So I think this is good stuff. And I want it!! Wantitwantitwantit! Just one last story with our heroes. And as I said earlier – it takes the pressure off having the new cast carry it. If we can get a little invested in them in VII – it will have a HUGE payoff in VIII. Just my feeble opinion.

  • James VDB

    Aren’t they too old for this shit?

    • edshrinker

      Hell yes. Get Hamill and Fisher in shape (or not) and bring them on anyway!! Just. One. More. Story. And have some kick as offspring bringing together Ep VIII

  • Armand

    Sounds like Indiana Jones IV sorta, an adventure where the old veterans go for one last run with the offspring tagging along. and we all know how that turned out, however, being an optimist and a fan of the JJ Abrams Star Trek, I’m crossing my fingers it turns out better. I mean Shia LeBeouf is not in it

    • edshrinker

      Mr LayBuff has retired. (lol). No worries. And as you can read from above – Kevin and I have your back on the JJ Trek.

    • Sten

      Think about the new Trek crew and the glorious Leonard Nimoy cameo. Way to go. It’ll be fine, I guess.

  • rosie1843

    ["More interestingly, though, the script for Episode VII has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt was pushed off the project, and the lead characters for Episode VII may now be the original trilogy stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford."]

    No, no, no, no!! NO!!!! Why?

    • edshrinker

      Do you even read the previous posts before you post? If you want to know “Why” – do so. You can feel free to disagree with some of us, but if you want the argument – it is above.

    • Sten

      Because. That’s why. Idiot.

  • Jeff Forehand

    I love JJ Abrams as a director, he does fantastic work with actors and big set pieces like what this film will have. And I wouldn’t mind a chance to see the original characters back to pass the torch off to the next generation. But JJ Abrams is not a great writer. Having Arndt off this project worries me.

    • edshrinker

      Can’t down vote that because it is your valid opinion. But did you see Regarding Henry or the 2 hour L O S T pilot? Well – that is some of his stuff as the primary writer.

      • Guy Smiley

        At least Orci and Kurtzman aren’t invovled… For that reason alone, there’s hope.

      • edshrinker

        No – they gave primary writing duties to Damon Lindelof.
        I keed I keeed!

      • Guy Smiley

        Even though I know you like AbramsTrek, and that’s OK, please don’t give me a heart attack like that!

        You really want to set off on a rant? Ask me how I felt about the final season of LOST. Better still, please, don’t!

      • edshrinker

        Hahahaha! We’d probably agree about a lot of how that whole final season was handled. But I won’t ask! What IS wonderful is how much passion (whatever direction) that show produces. Just tells you as a whole – pretty cool 6 years of TV.

      • 80sRobot

        That could change pretty quick, my friend…

  • chris

    so Cumberbatch is gone as the baddie?

    • The Flobbit

      No, he’s casting Hugo Weaving as the baddie, only to have it revealed that Thrawn was Khan all along, upon which the Enterprise comes in and saves the day, and they all sail into a crossover sun, living long and prospering with the force.

      • mbmarquis69

        You are mistaken. The Enterprise won’t be available to help. They’re busy in Star Trek 3 liberating the Klingon home world from Borg-ified Tribbles.

      • The Flobbit

        Featuring Josh Holloway as King Tribble…an original character added in by Damon Lindelof.

    • Old Soldier

      “Luke, I am your faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaather.”

  • stupid

    I wish they would avoid making this shit ……becuz u know JJ is gona wanna give some dramatic death to one of the original main characters and that is going to be lame SHIT……I say make a movie that takes place in between the old trilogy and the prequels….you could have Obi wan and boba fett and darth vader and the rise of the rebellion …..but this idea has to make up new stuff anf hope we care as they shit on the old ideas. I dont want anything past the last scene in JEDI…..

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Lol
    Another grudge match ?

  • Jack le Critic

    I don’t know if I want to see Han and Chewie piloting the Millenium Falcon into one of Tatooines suns – it’ll be emotional. I’d rather just remember them dancing to “Yub Nub” and living happily ever after.

    Is it so hard to create a new dynasty in the same universe?

    • Guy Smiley

      Apparently. Did you see any of the prequels?

      • Jack le Critic

        Does anyone want to admit to that? ;)

        Just cos they failed in the prequels, it doesn’t mean they should give up completely. Remember, no Lucas this time too :)

      • Jack le Critic

        Does anyone want to admit to that? ;)

        Just cos they failed in the prequels, it doesn’t mean they should give up completely. Remember, no Lucas this time too :)

  • Sten

    I trust JJ because he did a great thing with Leonard Nimoy in his new Star Trek take. If he can do it again with Ford, Hamill and Fisher, I’m in!

    • Guy Smiley

      You mean shoehorning Nimoy in, and therefore inevitably tying his films into the original Trek and creating all kinds of clusterf*cks as a result?

      In spite of my distaste for AbramsTrek, I would’ve been less upset about them had Nimoy not been involved. The coincidence of him being on that particular planet was bad enough, and his apparent lack of concern for saving Vulcan even worse (how many times did Kirk & Spock go back in time to fix things in the original show/movies?), the bottom line is that Abrams should’ve gone with a total reboot instead the “alternate timeline” he created.

      At least that way, many of problems with his movies (most notably changing Khan’s ethnicity, even though he was born long before the alternate timeline was created) could be easily dismissed as a complete reboot. The movies still would’ve sucked, but they would’ve made more sense. As problematic as the first movie was, Nimoy’s brief appearance in the second was even worse.

      Anyhow, I’m all for Luke, Leia, and Han being in the next SW film. I just hope Hamill and Fisher get in better shape and don’t completely embarrass themselves! I also hope this isn’t the same mistake that Crystal Skull was.

      • Sten

        I do have my problems with JJ’s Trek, but when the real Spock entered the screen, I was hooked. Suspension of disbelief worked completely for me. I feel sorry for all the haters.

      • mbmarquis69

        Agreed. Most of my issues with Abrams Treks have more to do with creative choices, and relying too much on ground that has already been tread (better) in previous movies. What he got right was the balance of Nimoy’s extended cameo. The spirit and execution of his involvement in the story elevated that movie to a whole other level. It was less special seeing him in Into Darkness because his advice was in service of a 3rd act that I had completely lost faith in.

        But I continue to love and defend the first Star Trek.

    • 80sRobot

      *PHILIP J. FRY SQUINT* Not sure if serious. Or sarcastic.

  • 80sRobot

    I like Fassbender — he’s a cool-ass dude. But he should stay away from this, and hopefully he only met JJ as a professional courtesy. His career doesn’t need this, and in fact could become weakened due to having to commit to this trilogy; he should just stick to X-Men as his go-to tentpole.

  • Matt Sallusti

    This sounds terrible

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  • Daniel Mitchell

    Harrison Ford can still act but what about the other two?

    • Michele

      Ford can still act, but the other two never could.

      • Devin Reed

        I hope you’re kidding. Maybe you should try acting against a puppet and a prop robot sometime. It was only because of Mark’s acting that those scenes resonated with us as an audience.

      • Devin Reed

        I hope you’re kidding. Maybe you should try acting against a puppet and a prop robot sometime. It was only because of Mark’s acting that those scenes resonated with us as an audience.

  • Strong Enough

    so i’m going to be forced to watch a fat luke run from stormtroopers!??? NOOOOO!

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  • MITIOR

    I’ll reserve my judgement until I see a movie but that mention of Hugo Weaving has me even more exited for this. This shows there still are some Empire officers even after they kill the Emperor.

    • MEY

      I would be glad to see Weaving and Fassbender in the movie.

      I want Fassbender, that man is for Star Wars.

      They could play Imperial Warlords or Sith Lords as well, but I can imagine that Palpatine returns using a younger body, and Fassbender’s body would be perfect for such an exciting action. :)

      (I begged for casting Fassbender on this page last year, a dream would come true.)

    • MEY

      I would be glad to see Weaving and Fassbender in the movie.

      I want Fassbender, that man is for Star Wars.

      They could play Imperial Warlords or Sith Lords as well, but I can imagine that Palpatine returns using a younger body, and Fassbender’s body would be perfect for such an exciting action. :)

      (I begged for casting Fassbender on this page last year, a dream would come true.)

  • Masshuu il Malacandra

    Since when did Obi-Wan Kenobi have a kid? Sounds stupid or we missed that episode.

    • mbmarquis69

      He certainly wouldn’t have been the first Jedi to keep secrets from the Order.

    • MEY

      Or you missed the previuous comments…

      • MEY

        — minus u in ‘previuous’ :)

  • vividsoup

    Don’t care who writes, directs, or stars in this. The prequels ruined all of Star Wars for me. Hard for me to imagine ever liking any Star Wars film again. Hope they change my mind but I can’t ever see this series recovering from what the prequels did.

  • doctor_robot

    i like it.

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